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Five Video Game Villains that Should have Attended iD

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Screenshot showing the title screen of Pac-Man

Screenshot showing the title screen of Pac-Man

The Ghosts of Pacman

Shadow, Speedy, Bashful and Pokey, from the Pac-Man series, would have lived a very different life had they attended iD Tech Camp.

These ghosts that wander aimlessly around a series of hallways protecting their Pac-dots, power pellets, fruit and pretzels from the seemingly endless hunger of a floating head.

The reason for their failure? No professional photography skills!

The ghosts, more commonly referred to by their nicknames Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde, were living in near poverty before being confined to the endless maze. Their only hope, a classified ad in the newspaper, turned out to be the worst security job ever conceived. The endless appetite of their nemesis not only compromises the goods that they are sworn to protect, but the very makeup of their physical being.

The iD Tech Camp Professional Photography course at the iD Visual Arts Academy teaches how to get the most out of your Digital SLR camera and how to manipulate your photos with Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. The ghosts could have started a journey toward developing the skills it takes to be professional wedding photographers and never get trapped in a literally dead-end career!

Promotional illustration of the character drawn by Bengus for Super Street Fighter II Turbo

Promotional illustration of the character drawn by Bengus for Super Street Fighter II Turbo

M. Bison

M. Bison, from the Street Fighter series, would have lived a very different life had he attended iD Tech Camp.

This overly ambitious leader of the Shadaloo crime syndicate hosts a fighting tournament that, despite appearing last in a long line of qualified fighters, he historically loses.

The reason for his failure? No 3D modeling skills!

M. Bison runs a worldwide terrorist organization and yearns to be a world dictator. His goals are universally scoffed for his ultimately 2-dimensional existence. Whether focusing on the clichéd “gang leader” storyline of his life, the overly corny and convenient connections between him and his seemingly random group of fighters or his absurd outfit, M. Bison’s character is anything but complex. Moreover, he is almost always literally 2D.

The iD Tech Camp Maya – 3D Modeling and Animation teaches the fundamentals of creating complex 3D sculptures using the same software as major game designers and filmmakers. In addition, the multitude of summer activities offered at the day camps and overnight camps encourage building positive social skills such as teamwork. M. Bison could have changed his perspective and dimensionality by broadening his creative horizons and actually developing a true character.

 

Dr.Eggman from Sonic Chronicles

Dr.Eggman from Sonic Chronicles

Dr. Robotnik

Dr. Robotnik, from the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games, would have lived a very different life had he attended iD Tech Camp.

Despite being a genius and a supposed authority on robotics, his plans of world domination are constantly thwarted by a speedy, yet tiny, nocturnal mammal.

The reason for his failure? Weak programming skills!

Dr. Robotnik, or Ivo to his friends, may have a knack for building robots that shoot lasers and capture critters, but they have limited movements or abilities. The common creations simply move back and forth on a platform – hardly sophisticated for a genius of that caliber. Projectiles often have no tracking capability and constantly fire, which must cost a fortune in wasted ammo. Even his metallic hovering machines are more on rails than actual transportation devices.

The iD Tech Camp RoboContenders class uses the Vex Robotics Design System, which is capable of much more than back and forth, movement! These programmable systems have limitless capabilities in both hardware creation and programming. While Ivo was able to make highly technical electronic devices, the microprocessors were as weak as a string of cheap Christmas lights. The Vex system has the whole package and he would learn that a robot, no matter how cool looking, is only as strong as it’s software!

(The Vex Robotics Design System was even tested by the MythBusters!)

 

Ganondorf, as depicted in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Ganondorf, as depicted in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Ganon

Ganon, from the Legend of Zelda series, would have lived a very different life had he attended iD Tech Camp.

This evil sorcerer that derives much of his magic from the sacred Triforce of Power is essentially immortal yet is repeatedly defeated by a small and weak young man.

The reason for his failures? No web design skills!

Ganon, or Ganondorf to some, is constantly hiring henchmen to place between him and his adversaries. These drones are mostly successful – until they meet the strong-willed Link. No matter what puzzle they create or barriers they erect, this “hero” always finds a way to infiltrate Ganon’s hideout. Many of the obstacles are non-intelligent beings, such as bats or strange spiny things, but some should be able to use their brain instead of simply allowing Link to hide behind a rock firing unlimited arrows.

The iD Tech Camp Web Design and Flash Animation Course teaches students to create a content-rich page limited only by their imagination. Ganon could make a recruitment site to grab only the best and brightest sidekicks the world has to offer – and finally enjoy the unlimited power of darkness that he desires.

 

This is a promotional image for the Mario series character, Bowser (Nintendo) as imaged in the video game Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.

This is a promotional image for the Mario series character, Bowser (Nintendo) as imaged in the video game Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.

Bowser

Bowser, from the Super Mario Bros. series, would have lived a very different life had he attended iD Tech Camp.

The evil reptilian bad guy is known for kidnapping the same princess again and again, only to be foiled by a plumber and his goofy-looking brother.

The reason for his failure? No video editing or special effects skills!

Bowser and his endless array of cronies constantly attempt the same deed and cannot seem to catch a break. Throughout every ordeal, Bowser remains absurdly patient, many times laughing in his foes face and floating away on some crazy flying machine. Any other villain may stick around and fight when they see an adversary, but he insists on watching as his entire kingdom crumbles under the annoyingly persistent fists of the plumbers. The sad truth is that Bowser never even considered an alternative to kidnapping!

The iD Tech Camp Video Editing and Special Effects class allows students to cut professional footage, create their own movies and learn how to use Final Cut Studio, Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. Bowser should have simply learned early how to become a film director and thrust all of his energy toward that profession. Eventually, he could produce a made-for-TV movie about his life struggles and (perhaps) win the princess’s sympathy and love.

  • Pete

    Cool post, Pete V! Fun stuff. Love the video game stuff!

  • D

    i feel sad for videogame villians now

  • Christina

    Go Browser! It’s not too late. Make a TV movie and win the Princess’s love! :)

  • Daniel F

    I’m going on sunday and I think, (This is going a bit retro now) Porky (Pokey in america) from EarthBound/Mother 3 should have attended. He has to hire someone to make technology for him. He should do it himself!